“We don’t know all the reasons that propel us to go on a spiritual journey, but somehow our life compels us to go. Something in us knows that we are not just here to toil at our work. There is a mysterious pull to remember… “ (Jack Kornfield)

Explore your life journey one-on-one with a caring listener. All spiritual directors are trained professionals and certified. This is an opportunity for adults seeking a safe place to share hopes, joys, struggles and losses. Discover how God is present in your life when faced with transitions and difficulty. God is in everything!

Facilitates one’s faith journey…

  • Helps those searching for relevance in God.
  • Assists individuals in articulating their God experiences.
  • For those who are experiencing life’s transitions when it feels like God is distant.
  • Provides a safe place for people to have their stories heard.
  • Is open-ended on the individual’s needs.
Who will walk with you on your journey?

Lay people from the Community who are trained in Spiritual Direction and knowledgeable about Christian spiritual practices.

People committed to their own faith journeys and spiritual development

Laura Lies, MS

Laura is a native Chicagoan, with a certificate in Spiritual Direction through the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, and parishioner at SMIP.  Laura has a particular background in: Discernment and Decision Making; Making Sense of Suffering; Navigating major life transitions; Interfaith and ecumenical relationships; and Returning to God after a long hiatus. 


Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas, MSW, LCSW, CPSD

Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas is a Certified Professional Spiritual Director (CPSD) through Mayslake Ministries, Downers Grove, IL.  She is also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and has over 30 years of experience working with children, young adults and adults in various roles including teaching art for 15 of those years and also worked as a school social worker.  She holds a Master’s degree in social work (MSW with Honors) from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois and a lifetime member of Phi Alpha, National Honor Society.  She has a School Social Work Licensure Endorsement from Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois, a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in education with a minor in Fine Arts from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois. She is a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers).  Some areas of interest include (but are not limited to): Children/Teens/Young Adults/Adults/Elderly, Family/Couples, Grief & Loss, Women’s Issues, Mental Health/Anxiety, Discernment & Decision Making, Transitions, Franciscan Spirituality, Ecumenism and Ordained Ministry (Deacons/Wives, Religious, Priests, Ordained).  Elizabeth enjoys taking part in the parish by participating in the ministries of: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Cantor, Team Proclamation and Elizabeth Ministry.  In the diocese of Joliet, she participates in Cursillo, retreats/day of reflection and the Diaconate including formation and wives formation.  “In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Deacon Vic, my daughter, Michaela, and our dogs.  I also run daily, practice Yoga, enjoy walking, biking, hiking, dancing, spending time in nature, drawing, painting, pastels, singing, playing guitar, ukulele and mandolin, and attending musicals.”

Dr. Douglas Muir, Ed.D., CPSD

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